Blythe is a qualitative human geographer with a keen interest in government-citizen relationships in disaster risk reduction, governance and management. Her research has an applied policy focus. For the last seven years, she has undertaken projects for the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the former Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre. Currently, she co-leads a three-year project on sustainable emergency volunteering in collaboration with researchers at the University of Western Australia. The aim of this project is to build and transfer knowledge that the emergency management sector needs to choose appropriate strategies to adapt to the transformation of modern-day volunteering and citizen response to disaster. The research is co-designed with representatives of key emergency management organisations and is explicitly future-focused.